“There is no piece, only options. You’re creating a sense of progression without having a progression. There’s no planned progression, but a plan to progress.”
— jazz pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, on musical improvisation (and, arguably, on life).

In other news, I got in an Ellen selfie with Yo-Yo Ma (I’m second from the right). Be jelly.

“Bach is an astronomer, discovering the most marvellous stars. Beethoven challenges the universe. I only try to express the soul and the heart of man.”
— Frédéric Chopin (via marie-duplessis)

(via beethoven)

A nighttime snapshot from Janelle Monae’s concert @ Harvard last night. One of the most charismatic, most energetic, most talented performers and singers I have ever encountered.

Janelle Monae doing her soundcheck at Harvard right behind my dorm… casual

Spent my Friday night watching what is arguably the BEST musical ever. Still blown away.

my stress relief inventory

[for reference because the next two weeks = hell]

nice little tidbit of my day: my expository writing teacher quoted a Boards of Canada song (“the past inside the present,” a spoken word loop from the song “Music is Math”) during our discussion on Samuel Beckett. day = made

jordanconductor:

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Beck and Philip Glass


**the two most awesome people ever hanging out together

jordanconductor:

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Beck and Philip Glass

**the two most awesome people ever hanging out together

My cover of “In a Sentimental Mood,” inspired by John Coltrane and Duke Ellington. I put this together just now, in a practice room late at night to get rid of my school woes. Hope you enjoy?

clvbpenguin:

deadmarks:

lorenzo-drums:

This is what it’s like when I go on someone’s blog and a playlist starts playing. 

how the fuck did they film that scene 

they threw a radio at his face

clvbpenguin:

deadmarks:

lorenzo-drums:

This is what it’s like when I go on someone’s blog and a playlist starts playing. 

how the fuck did they film that scene 

they threw a radio at his face

(via alittleurbanmusician)